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How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings

Richard F. Gombrich (Author)

Written by one of the world's top scholars in the field of Pali Buddhism, this new and updated edition of How Buddhism Began, discusses various important doctrines and themes in early Buddhism. It takes 'early Buddhism' to be that reflected in the Pali canon, and to some extent assumes that these doctrines reflect the teachings of the Buddha himself. Two themes predominate. Firstly, the author argues that we cannot understand the Buddha unless we understand that he was debating with other religious teachers, notably Brahmins. The other main theme concerns metaphor, allegory and literalism. This accessible, well-written book is mandatory reading for all serious students of Buddhism.

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About the author

Richard F. Gombrich

Richard F. Gombrich is currently the Boden Professor Sanskrit of Oxford University. He has written numerous books and articles on Buddhism, but his most recent include The World of Buddhism: Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Society and culture (1991) and Buddhist Percept and Practise (1991). He is the President of the Pali Text Society and won the Sri Lanka Ranjana award in 1994 and the SC Chakrabarty medal from the Asiatic Society the previous year.

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Title How Buddhism Began: The Conditioned Genesis of the Early Teachings
Format Softcover
Date published: 26.06.2018
Edition 2nd ed.
Publisher Routledge India
Language: English
isbn 9781138328938
length 198p.